The Yom Kippur offering was very significant for Israel. These sacrifices atoned, or covered, the people and the tabernacle so that they would be ritually clean before YHVH for another year. Without this sacrifice, the children of YHVH would not be able to present any of the four offerings instructed in Leviticus. Israel understood that these offerings were a privilege. They also understood that the sacrifices did not take away sin (Hebrew 10:11). Read More »
My study group worked through Exodus 33-34 verse by verse and I learned something new about Moses’ conversation with YHVH. At first glance, it seems Moses is discussing the necessity of YHVH’s continued presence with the people as they travel, but there are nuances to the conversation that intrigued me. Read More »
Yom Kippur is one of YHVH’s appointed times which observes atonement for His children. I was taken by Leviticus 16:13 which says “and (the High Priest) put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is over the testimony, so that he does not die.” Do you realize that from the moment the ark entered the Holy of Holies the first time, no one was ever able to clearly see it again? Read More »
This week my study group worked through Exodus 33-34 verse by verse and I learned something new about Moses’ conversation with YHVH. At first glance, it seems Moses is discussing the necessity of YHVH’s continued presence with the people as they travel, but there are nuances to the conversation that intrigued me. Earlier in Exodus when the people sinned with the golden calf, YHVH told Moses they were “your people.” In Exodus 33 Moses begins by reminding YHVH the nation was “His people.” That seemed a little bold to me. The dialogue continues with bantering of “responsibility” between YHVH and Moses. It seemed odd to me that the conversation would take such a turn, until I realized the position Moses took at this point in the Exodus. The people had committed a great sin against YHVH and Moses went back up the mountain to intercede for them. I’ve learned that job belonged to a high priest. When Moses approached YHVH to intercede for the people, he did so as a high priest. He also could do so boldly because of the continued reassurance YHVH gave him about the level of intimacy they had – “for you have found favor in My eyes, and I know you by name.” (v. 17)
There is no Moses, temple or an Aaronic priesthood representing the people, so who intercedes on behalf of the people now? The book of Hebrews gives a thorough explanation of how Yeshua fulfills the role of high priest for YHVH’s people. Hebrews 9:15 says -
“Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
Thank you, Yeshua with all my heart.